By telephone, before an appointment is scheduled, ask who you may speak with in the office to answer some technical questions about the dentist's beliefs and practices You deserve a match with your beliefs
Does the office use digital x-rays only? You want individual as well as panoramic x-rays to be digital Digital has about 90% less radiation exposure.
Is this a mercury-free practice? If, "yes", Are they also mercury-safe? Mercury-free dentists make a choice not to place any new mercury fillings Mercury-safe dentists follow strict protocols when removing mercury fillings to minimize the exposure of mercury vapor to the patient, staff and the environment
1. What kind of material compatibility testing do you use? No single dental material is "the best" for every person Serum compatibility, Meridian Stress Assessment, and Applied Kinesiology are familiar techniques used by Biological Dentists to select patients' best materials
2. Is there a particular sequence for removal of restorations (mercury filling, metal crowns, etc ) that is followed? Sequential removal based on electrical current readings of individual restorations is a familiar protocol to Biological Dentists
3. What kinds of protective barriers are used in your office during removal of existing mercury fillings? Eye protection for patient and staff, nasal coverage with alternate air supply for the patient and gas masks for staff, oversized drapes to cover patients
4. Does your doctor use a dental dam during mercury filling removal? A non-latex dental dam is most commonly used and even better, with a suction tip under the dam to pick up mercury vapors Some Biological Dentists prefer to use no dental dam and have multiple suction techniques.
5. How do you keep from heating up the mercury filling during removal? Copious amounts of cool water are sprayed on the point of contact of the drill with the filling, in addition to the water spray coming from the dental handpiece
6. How is the room air protected? During mercury filling removal, two high volume suctions are at the site of mercury filling removal to pick up mercury vapors and mercury filings Biological Dentists typically have air filters and ion generators in treatment rooms to help with air purification
7. Is there a mercury separator on the office plumbing to prevent mercury pollution of water supplies?
8. How is the mercury filling removed from the tooth? Using new burrs, Biological dentists are careful about removing mercury fillings in "chunks" to minimize vaporization and tissue contact with mercury material.
9. Is there any special rinsing provided during and after removal? Many Biological Dentists use oral rinses before starting removal of mercury fillings and provide multiple rinses during and after the removal procedure
10. Find a dentist who uses these non-mercury practices: No Flouride No Fragrances No Latex No Root Canal Treatments No Metals Used with Restorative Dentistry No Titanium Implants No VOC in office paints Yes to homeopathy, Yes to Full Spectrum Lighting, and Yes to working with like-minded M.D , ND, Chiropractors for Patient Nutritional Supplementation, Detox, and Appropriate Corrections
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List above from the article: How to Find a Biological Dentist that Can Treat You Holistically by Dr. Joseph Mercola